Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Magistrate judge releases draft of N.Y. congressional plan

A federal magistrate judge released her proposal Tuesday for consolidating New York's congressional districts from 29 to 27, and state lawmakers said they think it could be enough to break their redistricting impasse.U.S. Magistrate Roanne Mann, who last month was appointed by a federal court to interject in New York's stalled redistricting negotiations, proposed a plan that closely follows the geographically compact lines suggested by

ommon Cause and other good-government groups.The magistrate's map would place freshman Republican Tom Reed, of Corning, in a reconfigured Southern Tier district that would include Tompkins County and the heavily Democratic City of Ithaca. The western end of the district would extend to Lake Erie.Both the state Senate and Assembly had proposed including Tompkins in the district represented by Syracuse-area Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, a conservative Republican.

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